Terry Balby Dip.Registered.MBACP
Are you feeling stressed or insecure? Perhaps your mood has been low for a while and you can’t seem to shift that feeling. Sometimes life events such as losing a loved one, relationship break-ups, family problems or work issues can leave us feeling helpless.
Whatever you are going through counselling can offer you the opportunity to come to terms with and understand your troubles. Perhaps you are considering help to untangle your thoughts. Maybe you think a lot about things that have happened in the past that still affect you. Sometimes there may be a sense that life is lacking in meaning and direction. We can all lose sight of who we really are and what we want from life. Counselling can help you make sense of your experiences, reconnect with your inner resources and live life more fully.
I provide a range of professional, friendly and non-judgmental psychological services. With a strong background of working in mental health services for over 25 years I have extensive experience of a wide range of issues. I work in private practice and NHS counselling services. I'm based in Whitstable and provide services throughout Kent.
I offer a safe, confidential space to talk about your fears or worries and explore difficult thoughts and feelings. I can help you look at problems differently, for example building resilience to cope with a crisis.
Alongside traditional therapies I offer a range of specialist work
Mental Wellbeing. Helping to cope with issues such as anxiety, panic, stress and depression.
Understanding gender and sexuality. Specialised work with lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender clients
Disability counselling. Helping to cope better with disability and adapting to the changes.
Whitstable Counselling offers a safe space to share whatever is on your mind knowing you will be met with warmth and acceptance. Please get in touch by telephoning 07401 816148 there will be no obligation to book a session. Talking to someone may seem difficult but by contacting the service you are taking the first step
I respond to all enquiries promptly - If you send an email, a text or leave a voicemail I will usually get back to you within 24 hours, often much sooner.
To ensure client's safety counselling sessions will currently take place using online platforms such as Zoom or telephone.
Training, qualifications & experience
Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
- Couples Counselling
- Creative arts therapy including Sand tray therapy
- Drug, Alcohol and Substance misuses
- Motivational interviewing
- Brief Solution Focused Therapy
- Advanced Mental illness
- Self-harm and suicide
- Stress management
- Anxiety and the brain
- Safeguarding children and young people
- Safeguarding vulnerable adults
- APT DICES risk management
As well as working in private practice, I have substantial experience within mental health services, working within NHS counselling services and counselling charities.
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.
Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.
All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.
Areas of counselling I deal with
£40 Telephone and online session e.g. Zoom
£40 Weekday sessions 9am – 5pm
£45 Evening 5 pm - 9pm
All sessions are 50 minutes unless indicated
Fees are negotiable for students, key workers and those on low income depending on availability
Concessions offered for
Profession memberships and insurance
I am fully insured and in line with my commitment to maintain the highest ethical standards I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). I also hold a current DBS enhanced certificate
Facilities and locations
In Whitstable I have a dedicated counselling room which is a comfortable, calm and peaceful. The Service has ample street car parking and is five minutes walk from a main bus route.
I also run counselling services in other locations in Thanet, Herne Bay and throughout Kent. Please contact for more information.